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-Mwalimu Julius Nyerere


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BAD GOVERNANCE IS NOT JUST AN AFRICAN PROBLEM. Many governments exhibit low regard for voters... until election time.

Our work is designed to help local communities engage with public officials to enhance communication among all good governance stakeholders as they collectively address the needs of the citizenry as expressed through our network of "village think tanks" at 35 rural learning centers of the Open University of Tanzania. We help local communities develop multimedia-based solutions to the lack of detailed and documented information about ineffective governance, corporate abuse, money laundering, corruption, human rights violations, land matters and other issues vital to public wellbeing.

Central to this program is a network of Community Research and Information Bureaus (CRIB) that will use surveys, community mapping and other types of validated information to engage voters and empower them to hold elected officials, public servants, corporations and NGOs more accountable for their actions. CRIB will provide a testbed for innovative digital watchdog journalism applications being developed by organizations like the African News Innovation Challenge. These, along with those being created by our network of apps developers will be integral parts of our proposed Digital Fifth Estate that will monitor news and government in the countries where we operate. We are excited by the continuing development of Village Telcco's Mesh Potato Programme and Commotion WiFi as possible solutions to the high cost of rural and international communications throughout the JKNC Network.

Our east and southern Africa hub is the JK Nyerere Center for Good Governance and Media Studies which was officially launched September 5, 2012 at the Open University of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. The Nyerere Center was developed by Professor Robert Jones and jointly funded by the OnLine Africa Knowledge Foundation. Our west and north African network hub is the Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Cultural Center which houses our Digital Ancestor Programme.

In Tanzania, our DAWN Women's initiative is beginning to explore new methods to digitally publicize and help resolve problems like Tanzania's Maasai "land grab" that will allow the poaching of precious natural resources on a much grander scale than ever before by Africans and foreigners. Citizens can LEARN HOW to use media technology to help stop this sort of "tourism" that is not in the best interests of the people of Tanzania by forming a COPE Action Group to consider employing tactics like those used by Moveon.org, CredoAction.org and the Color-of-Change.org.

We provide FREE training so local groups can learn marketable media production skills while creating top quality multimedia messages, stories and music that advocate social change and civic engagement in governance like this Sudan election video showcasing music's potential to raise public awareness of the benefits that come from peaceful elections.

Please CLICK HERE to better understand the importance of, and some possibilities for our planned e-governance network.

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